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Exquisa in Hasselt Hopes to Re-Open
Although Stephie and Yanaïka did not win "Mijn Restaurant" and the keys to keep Exquisa open, they have definitely not given up. A group of people are looking at possibilities to re-open the restaurant.So great is the public interest that people are raising money to help the girls.Binnenkort toch 'ons restaurant'? En dan dé hamvraag: Gaat Exquisa terug open? De onderhandelingen zijn volop aan de gang. De huisbaas, de bank, de boekhouder en wijzelf proberen samen tot een oplossing te komen. Tot en met zondag zal Exquisa zeker gesloten blijven. Vanaf volgende week kunnen we jullie definitief uitsluitsel geven over de toekomst van het restaurant. Deze week gaan we eerst genieten van wat rust in Barcelona, samen met ons team. Een tafel reserveren is de volgende dagen niet mogelijk. Hou zeker onze website in het oog, daar zal op verschijnen wat er beslist wordt en natuurlijk vanaf wanneer jullie opnieuw kunnen reserveren. Exquisa op eigen benenOndertussen horen we dat mensen spontaan ...
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Run the Brussels Marathon or Half-Marathon
The 2008 edition of the Brussels Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 5 October. One of Euro pe's most beautiful marathons starts at the Cinquantenaire Park and finishes on the historic Grand-Place going through Brussels-Centre, Watermaal-Bosvoorde, Oudergem, Tervuren, Sint-Pieters-Woluwe and Etterbeek. I ran the 20km twice in 1984 and 1985 so can recommend it.Discover the heart of Brussels with its green belt and register now via www.brusselsmarathon.be. This year, 10,000 participants are expected. Would you like to stay a few days in Brussels? You will find ING's hotel promotion in cooperation with Holiday Inn Express on their website or book all your travel requirements on EuroTravel the one-stop site for travel to and within Europe. Programme Sunday 5 October: 9 am: Brussels Marathon 9.30 am: Brussels Mini-Marathon 4 km 10.30 am: Brussels Half Marathon See you in Brussels on Sunday 5 October!
Limburg Events 31 May and 1 June
Hasselt: live music 31 May from 20.00 and 1 June from 16.00, 28 stages with 45 groups/artistes, www.cultuurweb.beMaasmechelen: Kleurrijk, 31 May 14.00-21.00 on Valkeniersplein, free entrymulticultural dance and music groupsworkshops such as playing a Didgeridoo, street theatre and children's entertainment including a Cuban festivalhapjes & drankjes (food & drink) in an exotic atmospherewww.maasmechelen.beZonhoven: Tirolermusic with Drauf und Drau31 May 19.30 doors open, 20.30 start, Parochiezaal, Heikensstraat, Halveweg, 3 ? entryhot dogs & bratworst for saleBlog: Living in Belgium
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Leuven Win "Mijn Restaurant" Final
A media frenzy supported the Hasselt girls Yanaïka and Stephie in the final of "Mijn Restaurant ", the VTM programme in which people are given a place to turn into a restaurant from scratch and compete against others.Yanaïka and Stephie opened "Exquisa" in Hasselt, specialising in dishes from the humble potato. Limburg Governor Steve Stevaerts supported their bid and counted on traditional Limburg solidarity to carrying them through as winners. They competed against Brussels residents mother Micheline and son Jelle in "d Hogeschool" in Leuven. His Paling in 't Groen or Eels in Green Herbs sauce has become legendary and one critic said that Jelle has the makings of a chef with stars.Still Micheline and Jelle were the underdogs against the local support from the Hasselt population and whilst Oud-Rekem were asking for votes in the "prettiest village in Vlaanderen" competition, they also supported Exquisa.Oud-Rekem won and celebrated last night. Limburg hoped for a double whammy but...
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Oud-Rekem Voted Prettiest Village in Vlaanderen
Oud-Rekem (Limburg ) won the competition against the finalists De Haan, Deurle, Kasterlee en Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Lombeek with 32,274 votes of 91,030 overall. There were originally 15 nominations and voting lasted for six weeks.Limburg Governor Steve Stevaert backed Oud-Rekem with 300,000 fliers in postboxes all over Limburg hoping for the traditional Limburg solidarity. Last night the 500 residents of the pretty village were invaded by 4,000 people celebrating. My friend lives in the village and did not want people to vote for the very reason that they enjoy the quiet stillness and do not want to be invaded by visitors, however good that is for the local tourist industry whose representative said, "Dat is net een van de charmes van Oud-Rekem. We gaan er geen turbo op plaatsen om een toeristiche boom te forceren. Alles moet geleidelijk gaan."Someone posted this comment in dialect on the Het Belang Van Limburg site:Limburg, Limburg allein , dao geit niks bove , zoe ès ers mèr ein! Ja...
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Go Look for the Sun with Brussels Airlines
When the sun moves away after the summer, you can still find it elsewhere: down South! Eg. Nice, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca?with flights from the UK and Brussels .Join Brussels Airlines this Thursday evening to book a flight to the Mediterranean in the autumn: from ?49,99 one-way, all-in and make sure you keep your tan all year round.* When to fly? Between 01/10/08 and 31/12/08 * When to book? This Thursday May 22th between 6PM and midnight * Privilege: earn miles with every flight you book! * Save time: use the online check-in from home, accessible 24h before departure * Want more? Choose b.flex economy+ for a delicious meal on-board & more flexibility!Hotel dealsBook your hotel and save ?30. Special discount valid for bookings made between 21/05/08 and 31/5/08. Travel before 31/12/08. To claim, enter the code MAY30 when the hotel pricing summary is displayed, by clicking "I have a voucher". Offer only through bookings via the Brussels Airlines website. Only valid on E-special r...
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Which is the Prettiest Village in Flanders?
Wat is het mooiste dorp van Vlaanderen? Voting takes place online from 19 April to 28 May at www.mooistedorp.be. The short list comprises 15 villages, 3 per province. Here in Limburg we have nominations for Gors-Op-Leeuw, Oud-Rekem and Kanne. Oud-Rekem was chosen as the prettiest village in Limburg and as Limburg is generally considered to be the most beautiful province in Vlaanderen, could we safely say that Oud-Rekem will win overall?
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Flanders - Somewhere Amazing to Go
If you are looking for inspiration for a short break, Flanders in Belgium is the perfect choice. Take advantage of the current fine weather and pop over to Flanders with P&O Ferries. Visit Ostend and the Flemish Coast or sit in an open air restaurant in the Oude Markt in Leuven known to locals as the 'longest bar in the world' surrounded by lovely buildings and watch the world go by. Interested in culture? Visit Mechelen, the capital in the early 16th century with its impressive churches famous for their carillon (bell) playing and paintings including several by Rubens and Van Dyck. Or you can visit Ghent with its cobbled streets and winding canals and indulge yourself in its famous sweetshops.Take your car with P&O Ferries on the Dover to Calais crossing from just £25 each way for a car and passengers or if you prefer to travel from Hull to Zeebrugge from £109 each way for a car and two people including ensuite cabin on an overnight crossing taking you directly to Flanders.You c...
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Phew...It's Hot in Belgium
It's official. I heard on the radio that Belgium is currently the warmest place in Europe. I have seen 28º and my friend in Spain reports 24 º.I always tell Belgians I moved from Southern Spain to Belgium because of the weather!
Chicken Tikka Masala in Belgium
A few years ago, a survey of favourite British food was conducted. Would it be roast beef, fish & chips, steak & kidney pie? No, the favourite food in Britain turned out to be Chicken Tikka Masala, an Indian dish apparently not found in India, made with garam masala spice and very tasty it is too.This week I found a tasting of the very dish in my local Carrefour in Hasselt. My kids loved it too.
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5 Day Pinkster Weekend Offer from Center Parcs
A visit to Center Parcs in Belgium over the Pinkster weekend will last from Friday 9 May until Tuesday 13 May or the mid-week from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th AND YOU RECEIVE A ?70 DISCOUNT. You only have to book by 1 May. It does not matter about the Belgian weather as it is always lovely and warm inside the subtropical Aqua Mundo with a fantastic selection of pools, whirlpools, waterfalls - even underwater swimming alongside the fish in the aquarium. My children love it here.When you have built up an appetite, there is a great selection of places to eat and drink along with entertainment for all ages. And children up to the age of eight eat free.YOU ALSO RECEIVE A ?70 DISCOUNT ON YOUR BOOKING at Center Parcs!Visit Euro Travel the one-stop site for travel to and within Europe.
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Online Back-up Service for Your Computer
Online backup: carefree and easyBack ing up important digital data is an essential task for every organization. Conventional backups on tape or disk, however, have a number of significant shortcomings. Storage media, for example, have to be replaced daily and need to be stored off-site, tapes are error sensitive and retrieval is generally labour-intensive and time-consuming. What's more, tape backups frequently fail, which means stringent monitoring is also necessary.Backup-Connect's online backup has a number of major advantages in comparison to these standard backup systems. Every day your data are automatically backed up and stored instantly and securely away from your premises, safe from fire and theft. But most important of all, online backup takes away the worry. Online backup is a carefree and easy solution to all your backup needs.Betrouwbare backup? De online backup van Backup-Connect.With Backup-Connect you will always have a backupInefficient, time-consuming and insecure...
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Summer Discounts at Centre Parcs
If you book with Centre Parcs Belgium before 1 May, they are offering 170 ? discount on week long stays and 70 ? discount on weekend or midweek stays for all visits between 28 March and 22 September 2008.Beaches of Centre Parcs - endless fun in the summerTake full advantage of all summer sports activities such as Beach Volleyball and enjoy the evening Beach Party. Your kids can enjoy Kids Summer Parade , great story telling from Koningin Zomer and the Kids Summer Disco. Also kids up to 8 years eat free in Belgium, NL and Germany parcs. My kids love Centre Parcs and yours will too. Summer activities run from 6 June to 25 September. Beer and Cheese Month in LimburgMay is the month for lovers of beer and cheese in the Belgian parcs De Vossemeren or Erperheide. Toerisme Limburg has developed four great Beer & Cheese cycling routes in the area and en route you can enjoy delicious beers, wonderful cheeses, ice creams and regional dishes. Request a FREE Centre Parcs brochureVisit EuroT...
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Konijn met kriek recept
Konijn met kriekIngrediënten ? een konijn met de lever erbij ? 2 uien ? 3 knoflook teentjes ? boter ? zout ? peper ? laurier ? wortels ? rode azijn (mag ook gewone zijn) ? gerookte spek (blokjes) ? kriekenbier (3/4 liter) ? peterselie ? krielaardappeltjes ? bruine suiker Bereidingswijze van Konijn met kriekRasp de wortels in de keukenrobot en maal de spek ook fijn in de keukenrobot. (wortels moeten wel goed in kleine stukjes zijn). Doe een flinke klont boter in een grote braadpan en braad de konijn stukken mooi bruin (leg apart). Braad dan de gemalen spek in de zelfde pan en voeg er dan de gesnipperde ajuin aan toe. Als die mooi gaar gebraad zijn, voeg je de konijn stukken bij in de pan met de lever en voeg de geraspte wortels aan toe en overgiet dit met een scheut azijn. Doe vervolgens een laurierblad aan toe en de knoflook en overgiet het geheel met halve liter kriekenbier. Voeg er dan 2 grote soeplepels bruine suiker aan toe en laat dit dan op een klein vuurtje gaar worden. tip: ...
Personalized Postal Stamps in Belgium
The Belgian post now offer the possibility of printing personalized stamps with your own photo. A couple of examples are:- photos of the new baby when sending out new baby notification cards- photo of a couple when sending out invites to a special wedding anniversary.It is a lovely idea. You send your photo to www.post.be/mystamp and they charge 15,95 ? for the first 15 stamps, 10,95 ? for the subsequent strips.
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Hasselt Carnival Prince
The Hasselt carnival prince was chosen back in November 2007 so here are some photos I took that day.The Hasselt carnival took place 1-2 March 2008. Visit Hasselt Tourism for next year's dates.Here is an interesting and informative article about Carnival in Maastricht.
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Fly North Flight Offers from Brussels
Everyone heads south in the summer. So how about a change? This time, don't go with the flow, but go north instead! Check out some designer style in Copenhagen or be at one with nature in Stockholm. Looking for adventure? Pack your party gear because you never know what will happen in Bristol...Get fresh at any of the ten destinations on sale with Brussels Airlines. This summer, dare to be different - dare to be cool. When to fly? Between 17 April 2008 and 31 August 2008When to book? This Thursday 14 February, 6pm till midnightPrivilege: earn miles with every flight you bookSave time: use the on-line check-in from home. Accessible 24h before departure There are flight offers to Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Hamburg, London, Bristol, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw and Gothenburg.Book your European Travel with EuroTravel the one-stop site for travel to and within Europe.
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Photos of Hasselt, Limburg Province, Belgium
I took these photos walking around Hasselt , capital of Limburg province in Belgium . a chocolate flower for Valentine's Day from Chocoladehuis Boon in Paardsdemerstraat 13a piano shop doorwayThese seesaws hang on the side of an optician to "catch your eye" (sorry for the pun); the close-up says "God Ziet U" (God sees you).©Antonia Stuart-James 2008 from Living in Belgium
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Ski Equipment Hire
I noticed that A.S. Adventure are offering good prices on ski equipment hire:10 daysskis + boots ?45board + boots ?80They have stores all over Belgium. Visit their site at www.asadventure.com
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Affordable Quality Business Cards in Belgium
I found it difficult to locate a supplier of affordable but professional business cards in Belgium , especially as I live in a small town. The local shop charges a minimum of 125? yet I only wanted a small quantity at low cost.I was therefore delighted to find Print 24 who offer a choice of designs, colours and font sizes with a great offer of 250 colour business cards for FREE with just 7.95 ? postage and packing. They have lots of designs and colourways to choose from.If you want to order some cards, just visit Print 24They also print letterheads, comp slips, flyers, postcards etc.
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Brussels Airlines Offer Cool Fares to Hot Destinations
Brussels Airlines are offering some Cool fares to hot destinations:Malaga from ?49,99Bilbao from ?49,99Nice from ?29,99Rome from ?49,99* When to fly? Between 17 April 2008 and 31 August 2008* When to book? Thursday 31 January, 6pm till midnight* Privilege: earn miles with every flight you book Book Cool fares to hot destinations/b.light economy/: A new generation of great flights at low prices - www.brusselsairlines.co.uk /b.flex economy+/: The new economy generation: flexible, time-friendly European travel with Brussels Airlines
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Dover to Calais Ferry Offer
P&O Ferries have a fantastic offer for ferry travellers.From 10am on Friday 25th January to midnight on Monday 28th January, tickets will be available to buy on the Dover - Calais route for just £25 each way and the tickets are available for travel anytime throughout 2008. Up to 9 people may travel in the car.Go to Dover to Calais ferry offer with P&O Ferries to book TODAY.Visit EuroTravel the one-stop site for travel to and within Europe.
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Diesel Price Falls in Belgium
I saw diesel today at Jet in Hasselt on offer for 1,041 ? compared to 1,077 a few days ago and 1,18 in early November.People complain when fuel prices rise so I thought I would show gratitude for a fall in the price.
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Large Nursery Classes
The new year is a time when some nursery children attend school for the first time as "kleuters". The budget has risen from 5 to 15 million Euros but still some schools see unacceptably large class sizes. The aim is to split classes of 26 children or more but this is not always possible. An added burden for the teacher is that many of these children will still be wearing nappies so much of her time is taken up in accompanying children to the lavatory.The rule used to be that eleven extra children gave more budget for extra teaching hours. That has been reduced to two new children and there are enough teachers looking for jobs. As usual it is just a question of funding.The problem is always greatest in the spring term as some kleuters only attend during the colder months then stay at home from Easter onwards until they reach obligatory school attendance age.Article in Het Belang van Limburg
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Brussels Christmas Market
We visited the Christmas market in Brussels yesterday and suggest you don't miss it. There is a large Christmas tree and live nativity scene on the Grand Place with real sheep. The Town hall is lit up in the dark accompanied by music. The Christmas market is around the Bourse so buy some traditional items and enjoy some Gluhwein or hot chocolate while you walk round. When you have finished, I recommend a drink and maybe something to eat in my favourite bar, Falstaff, in rue Henri Maus, next to the Bourse.
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British Vision Art Exhibition in Gent
We visited the British Vision exhibition in Gent for 3 hours and can recommend a viewing. It runs until 13 January.?British Vision? is an overview of two centuries of British art, representing every major artist, including William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, George Stubbs, William Blake, John Constable, Joseph Mallord William Turner, David Hockney, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and photographer Bill Brandt. John Constable's Flatford MillThe exhibition brings together over three hundred works of art from public and private collections throughout Britain, in addition to loans from major collections in Europe and the United States of America. The selection contains oil paintings, watercolours, prints, drawings, sculpture, books and photographs. These works illustrate two important features typical of British art from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century: a real talent for observing daily reality and lands...
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Chimay Beer and Cheese
I have just enjoyed a Chimay Rood bier, 7% strong, and Chimay cheese sandwich with some sweet mango chutney.Chimay is one of the authentic Trappist beers from Belgium which means that the beer was brewed within the walls of an existing trappist monastery under the control of the trappist community. A major part of the sales revenue is used by the monks to support charitable works.To enjoy a Chimay beer, you need the chalice-shaped glass to fully experience the aromas and the flavour.Chimay Rood gives a silky taste on the tongue and a slight touch of bitterness towards the end. It should be drunk between 10º and 12º C.Carrefour are selling a gift pack with one bottle each of Chimay Rood, Blauw and Tripel plus a glass.Michael Jackson book - Great Beer s of Belgium
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Crossover Crosswalk paint Hasselt Zebra Crossings
A Hasselt resident who arranged for 19 zebra crossings in Hasselt to be painted in fun designs was ordered by the judge on Tuesday to restore them to their original state as they break traffic rules ("inbreuk op het wegverkeerreglement").Whilst many local people found the designs of art project Crossover Crosswalk original and fun, the judge found that children were looking at the designs rather than concentrating on the traffic.For each day that the zebra crossings are not restored to their original black and white, a fine of 100,000 ? is due. The projectleader, a lawyer, also has to pay legal costs of 123.95 ?.Read here about the English woman who tried to bring Christmas cheer to her road crossings
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Lunch Garden meal deal
Moules et frites is the favourite meal in Belgium. Lunch Garden are offering a great meal deal:- Moules et frites- saladbar- chocolate mousseall for ?9.95 instead of ?12.95.You can't get much more Belgian than that meal. Smaakelijk eten. Bon appetit.
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Brussels Airlines sale - Thursday 13 DecemberMore articles from this author:
Fly for the price of a bottle of Champagne!Book now and offer your friends and family a trip to 5 destinations in Euro pe from ?29,99 one-way, all-in. Where to travel? Nice, Geneva, Vienna, Prague and BerlinWhen to travel? From 22/12/2007 until 20/03/2008When to book? On Thursday 13 December 2007, from 6pm until midnight on brusselsairlines.comPrivilege: earn miles on every flight you book! Warsaw, Krakow, Munich, Hamburg, Budapest from ?49,99Book today with Brussels Airlines .comUse EuroTravel , the one-stop site for travel to and within Europe.
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